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Ryde School-portsmouthRyde School with Upper Chine and Christ the King College competed in Day Two of the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth Rock Challenge and last night Christ the King College were awarded third place with their performance ‘The box’.

This epic performance (featured photograph) was a clever retelling of Pandora’s box. With impressive costumes, make-up and an original soundtrack, this piece was visually striking as well as atmospheric. Christ the King’s beautful choreography and spine-tingling characterisation and performance skill not only impressed the audience but was also specifically recognised by the judges.

Ryde School with Upper Chine (pictured above) also competed last night with their theme, ‘Margritte’ a piece inspired by the life and times of René Magritte, world renowned surrealist artist. This colourful performance explored the many challenges that Margritte has beaten on his path to greatness. Their emotive soundtrack and impressive, relevant costumes helped to set the mood as well as winning them the awards for soundtrack and visual enhancement.

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Ryde School with Upper Chine also won the written award for Student Leadership. These Written Awards are some of the most important awards in the competition as they recognise and celebrate the important aspects of the Rock Challenge which are not seen onstage, but that take place in the months leading up to the event in the schools and communities. The student leadership award recognised Ryde School with Upper Chine’s strong student run team.

The event, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted an audience of over 1100 and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Portsmouth City Council, HC3S and Hampshire Healthy Schools.

Hampshire Constabulary, Chief Constable, Andy Marsh presented the award for first place last night and commented:

“What an absolutely fantastic evening and isn’t it great to see the young people having such fun, showing what they can do and learning so much. I’ve had a brilliant evening!”

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